Down on the Corner
|"Down on the Corner"|
|Single by Creedence Clearwater Revival|
|from the album Willy and the Poor Boys|
|Format||Vinyl 45 RPM|
|Creedence Clearwater Revival singles chronology|
"Down on the Corner" is a song by the American band Creedence Clearwater Revival. It appeared on their fourth studio album, Willy and the Poor Boys (1969). The song chronicles the tale of the fictional band Willy and the Poor Boys, and how they play on street corners to cheer people up and ask for nickels. The song peaked at #3 on the Hot 100 on 20 December 1969. The flip, "Fortunate Son", reached #14 on the United States charts on 22 November 1969, the week before Billboard changed its methodology on double-sided hits.
The song makes reference to a gut bass in the line "Blinky thumps the gut bass and solos for a while". In a 1969 appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the band performed the song as Willy and the Poor Boys. Stu Cook played a gut bass, which mimicked the appearance of the band as they appear on the album cover.
Covers and samples 
- Jerry Reed recorded a version of the song, which appeared on his 1982 album The Bird.
- The Mavericks recorded a cover of this song on the album King of the Hill-Music From and Inspired by the TV Series.
- The rock group Big Country released a version of this song on the 2001 covers album, Under Cover.
- Adam Harvey performed a duet of this song with Leo Sayer on the Both Sides Now album.
- Beastie Boys sampled the song in the track "Time to Get Ill" from their Licensed to Ill (1986) album.
- The Goo Goo Dolls covered the song for their 1989 album Jed with Lance Diamond on vocals.
- MC Paul Barman samples the song on the track "Hot Guacamole" from the 2009 album Thought Balloon Mushroom Cloud.
- The a cappella group Street Corner Symphony covered this song at the request of the judges on the TV Show The Sing-Off.
- The rap group SFC sampled the song on the track "Can't Wait" from the 1990 album Saved Man in the Jungle.
- Miriam Makeba offers a South African-inspired version on her 1970 album Keep Me in Mind.
- The Osmond Brothers sang the song in the Wonderful World of Disney episode "Disneyland Showtime".
- Harry Belafonte recorded the song on his 1970 duet album with Lena Horne entitled : Harry & Lena on RCA
- The version of this song is sung in Dog Clay-mation in ABC For Kids Video Hits.
- D.O.A. (band) mostly replaced the lyrics but kept the melody for their 1986 protest song "Billy and the Socreds"
- La Portuaria covered the song on their 2005 album "Rio".
Appearances in other media 
- The song plays during the last scene and closing credits of The Sopranos episode, "Walk Like a Man"
- The music was featured in a Walgreens commercial, paying homage to the original location of the first Walgreens Drug Store in Miami, Florida at the corner of 200 E. Flagler Street and SE 2nd Street.
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